Thursday, January 3, 2008
King Crimson - 1970 - In The Wake Of Poseidon
The cover artwork is called "The 12 Archetypes" or "The 12 Faces Of Humankind". The colour pictures of these 12 faces were painted by an artist called Tammo De Jongh in 1967.
The twelve faces in the picture are as follows:
The Fool (Fire and Water): The laughing man with a wispy beard.
The Actress (Water and Fire): The egyptian girl with long pearl earrings and many pearl necklaces around her neck, she has tears in her eyes.
The Observer (Air and Earth): A scientist type person with round spectacles pushed up above his brow,mostly bald head with white hair at the sides; his left hand is held up to his chin, he looks thoughtful.
The Old Woman (Earth and Air): A woman with much wrinkled face wrapped up against the cold.
The Warrior (Fire and Earth): A dark and powerful warrior's face in blacks and reds. He wears a steel helmet, broad square face, open mouth with square teeth and a full black beard.
The Slave (Earth and Fire): A black African with large gold earrings and a ring through his/her nose; the lips are full and pink, the eyes half-closed, sultry and sensuous; the expression is warm and friendly.
The Child (Water and Air): a picture of innocence; a girl with delicate sweet smile and butterfly shaped bows at each side in her long golden hair; her eyes are large and watery and she has a delicate sweet smile on her mouth. She wears a gold chain, on the end of which is a small golden key.
The Patriarch (Air and Water): An old philosopher, with a long face and long white hairand long white beard and moustache; white bushy eyebrows; all around are shapes like flowers or snowflakes; the brow is furrowed upwards from the nose in a fan-like fashion.
The Logician (Air and Fire): A scientist or wizard type man with long face, dark hair and long dark beard; he appears to hold a long stick or wand with his right hand and his left is held aloft and surrounded by stars.
The Joker (Fire and Air): Picture in bright reds and yellows is of a smiling twinkle-eyed 'court jester' with gold-stuccoed, triangular hat reminiscent of a matador.
The Enchantress (Water and Earth): A sad girl with watery eyes gazing at the observer; her long dark hair is blown sideways across her face and brow from right to left.
Mother Nature (Earth and Water): Lying asleep in the long grass; their face in silhouette is viewed from the left side and all around are the flowers and butterflies.
Robert Fripp - guitars, mellotron & devices
Peter Sinfield - lyrics
Greg Lake - vocals (except 3)
Mel Collins - flute & saxophones
Michael Giles - drums
Peter Giles - bass
Keith Tippett - piano
Gordon Haskell - lead vocals (3)
1. Peace – A Beginning
2. Pictures of a City
- 2nd at Treadmill
3. Cadence and Cascade
4. In the Wake of Poseidon
- Libra's Theme
5. Peace – A Theme
6. Cat Food
7. The Devil's Triangle
- Merday Morn
- Hand of Sceiron
- Garden of Worm
8. Peace – An End